Ficus umbellata

Umbrella Tree Fig

The large leaves can reach the size of a dinner plate and lend a tropical touch to any room. Already popular in Japan, this verdant Ficus is likely to become increasingly well-known in Europe.

It can grow quite large over time but can be easily kept to a more manageable size by pruning.

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Origin: West Africa
Genus: Ficus
Species / Cultivar: umbellata
Common Name: Umbrella Tree Fig
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 3 - 4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6 - 0.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The massive leaves of the umbrella ficus require cleaning every so often to remove dust build-up, either using a damp cloth or giving the plant a quick shower with tepid water.

In the wild, the plant can reach impressive heights, however when kept as a houseplant it won’t outgrow its space.

Prefers a bright spot, away from direct sunlight.

The plant prefers that the soil dries out a bit between watering. More mature plants can withstand longer periods of dryness.

Use a fast draining mix, like cactus and succulent mix. Fertilise once a month in the warm months to support green, lush growth.

Expert Tip

The Ficus umbellata grows quite fast and bends towards the light (phototropism). To keep the growth straight, make sure to rotate the plant every other week by 90 degrees.
Choosing the right pot for your plant

Choosing the right pot for your plant

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